Assistant Professor of Law, Mofid University, Qom, Iran.
The inauspicious phenomenon of war violates and threatens all rights of the children including right to life, right to live in the family, right to health, right to progress and right to education. According to the recent reports of the international organizations, forced conscription and direct involvement of the children in the conflicts, killing and disabling them, attack on the schools and hospitals, kidnapping, child sexual exploitation, and depriving them of access to humanitarian reliefs are six cases of violence which are committed against the children in armed conflicts. The present article is an attempt to comparatively study the Islamic approach and international approach to protection of children in armed conflicts in the light of the recent reports. The Islamic law and the international law both have general and special provisions for the protection of children. Children’s interests are protected in the reduction of big and small weapons.
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